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Opening Day Celebrates Teachers and Staff

The district welcomed its teaching staff back to school on Sept. 4 in the auditorium at Sewanhaka High School.

Educators from around the district received inspiration from building leaders, including Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Kathleen Sottile, who shared how integral the district’s teachers are to the student body.

“It is not an exaggeration that an awesome teacher can change a student’s life, and for some of our students you will be the most influential role model they have,” Dr. Sottile said.

The professional staff also heard from Board of Education President David Del Santo, Sewanhaka Federation of Teachers President Joseph Grossi, Sewanhaka Central Council of PTAs President Marie Saint Vil and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie, who expressed his gratitude to the educators and his hope for the upcoming school year.

“My dream this year is that you and your students think of school as a place where communities of learners gather to do interesting work that matters. As you greet your students tomorrow be certain to help them learn, smile and belong,” Dr. Ferrie said.

The school communities also celebrated staff members with 25 years of service to the district. Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration John Capozzi; Elmont Memorial typist clerk Jeanine Salierno; Floral Park Memorial audio-visual helper Marinela Crudo, world languages teacher Veronica Powers-Scollo, physical education teacher Michael Spina and social studies teacher Wendy White; New Hyde Park Memorial special education teacher Lisa Basil, chairperson of social studies Thomas Galvin and special education teacher Marjorie Nemorin-Lyn; and Sewanhaka High School technology teacher John Koscinski and English teacher Karen Walsh.

Recipients of the Superintendent’s Teacher of the Year award – Elmont Memorial special education teacher Colleen Brown, Floral Park Memorial mathematics teacher Lisa Clark, H. Frank Carey world languages teacher Joanne Molino, New Hyde Park Memorial social studies teacher Renee Madigan and Sewanhaka social studies teacher Michael Sakowich – were also recognized. 

Carey 2018 Teacher of the Year Video

Elmont 2018 Teacher of the Year Video

Floral Park 2018 Teacher of the Year Video 

New Hyde Park 2018 Teacher of the Year Video

Sewanhaka High School 2018 Teacher of the Year Video